Hardwood Floor Cleaner: Home Recipe

Mixing up new formulas is a clearly a hobby of mine. I love not spending hundreds of dollars on cleaning products and knowing exactly what I’m using in my home.

2 tbs Oil
2 tbs lemon juice
2 tbs alchohol
24 oz Water

or

2 tbs Oil
2 tbs Castille soap – I like the almond for wood floors.
2 tbs Alchohol
24 oz Water

Front bottle contains the Hardwood Floor cleaner.

Front bottle contains the Hardwood Floor cleaner.

If you like a little more fragrance add an essential oil of your choosing.  My favorite for cleaning products are almond and citrus.

Mix in Method Spray Cleaner Bottle – Spray on floor using a damp cloth over a mop to wipe. Because these cleaners contain oil – you do need to make sure you shake the bottle, to keep the liquids mixed while cleaning.

I’ve also used Method Hardwood Floor Cleaner, using about 1/2 cup and putting it in a spray bottle, fill with water. Spray directly on the floor and mop with a damp cloth.

Also try:
PND All Purpose Cleaner Recipe
PND Foaming Handsoap Recipe

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29 Responses to “Hardwood Floor Cleaner: Home Recipe”
  1. Carla says:

    Great tips.  I usually just use vinegar and water since soap usually leaves scum on the floors.  I may try your recipe though since you use very little soap. 

  2. Sanura says:

    Yep, I use only vinegar and water, too. The lemons add a nice smell.

  3. SunCear says:

    I’m going to try the one with Castille soap since I have so much of it.  Do you have any hard wood floor polisher ideas?  Would something like almond oil work? 

  4. modernamish says:

    How do you remove your labels from the Method bottles.  I’m super frustrated cause they are all sticky now!  I don’t want to use something toxic on the outside of the bottle like gew b gone.

  5. Tania says:

    Ha! I’m with you… I can’t stand keeping the labels on! My removal technique involves a lot of soaking… some straight up Castille Soap, Oil (on occasion) and a LOT of patience.
    Sometimes they will soak next to my sink for longer than I care to admit!

  6. Sienna Powers says:

    What’s the “oil” in the recipe?

  7. Tania says:

    I use olive or grapeseed oil. Any oil that won’t spoil too quickly would work.

  8. Marylou says:

    Why do you add oil t all?  I just had my floors refinished and am looking or a great mild cleaner that wont destroy the finish.  I see that there is alcohol and commercial brands use ethnol so that’s the same, but why oil?  And why soap?

  9. Tania says:

    The oil is to condition the wood… if your wood requires it – omit if it does not… not all will. The soap is to break down dirt.
    I hope that helps!

  10. Krystina says:

    What kind of alcohol? Rubbing or drinking?

  11. Tania says:

    Either will work! : ) Sometimes I use vodka, just cause it seems more fun!

  12. Imogene says:

    I used this on the floors in the house we are moving into, they were a mess. The next day we went to look at them and they are beautiful. I am so pleased with this I will never buy another floor cleaner/polisher. Thank you

  13. Tania says:

    Glad it worked out for you. So Simple. We’ve been using a steam cleaner on ours recently… and I LOVE that option too. Steam works for floors that have a good seal/finish.

  14. Jenna says:

    Hi! I just made this cleaner! got my floors nice & clean! any tips on how to get shine? i used to use Mop & glow & love the shine my floors had,i seem to have lost that with this recipe , did i mix something wrong or is there something i could add? 

  15. Jenna says:

    I should add i am using a steam mop, i spray the solution & then run my steam mop of it, would that be why i am losing the shine?

  16. marina says:

    Can a person use this recipe on “Laminated” wood floors??

  17. Tania says:

    I would omit the oil. With laminate floors you are concerned with getting them clean… rather than conditioning them in anyway.

  18. Tania says:

    If you are using a steam mop… I would use it on it’s own. I find the steam mop does a good job. The sheen is typically derived from the finish on your floor – unless you are using a chemical product to give you shine – and that typically results in undesirable build up.

  19. Megan says:

    Do you need to rinse the floor after you use this?  Another site has a very similar cleaner and they say you have to rinse.

  20. Tania says:

    I don’t rinse it on my floors.

  21. shawn says:

    what kind of oil?

  22. Tania says:

    I would use a body friendly oil – grape seed oil and olive oil are great options.

  23. Meredith says:

    can you use lime juice instead of lemon? I ask because that’s what I have on hand at the moment.

  24. Tania says:

    I haven’t tried it, so I couldn’t say for certain. I don’t think it would hurt though…

  25. Missina says:

    Does this make the floor feel slick?  My husband is disabled and is prone to falls.  I have tried different store bought floor cleaners and the only one that doesn’t feel slick to him is the Murphy’s oil soap for hardwood floors.  I would like to use a homemade cleaner but I am worried about my husband falling. Thanks!!!!!

  26. Tania says:

    I would do a small test area before cleaning your entire floor. I don’t find this to make the floors slick, but to be extra safe I would spot check an area to see if it suits your needs. Perhaps scale back the recipe and make a small batch for your test area.
    Let me know how it works out for you. I’ll be interested to hear if it works for your needs.

  27. BJD says:

    I’m excited to try this! Right now I’m using murphy’s oil soap, I have a good sized bottle full so I’ll use that first and then try this when we run out. We just bought a house and had the floors refinished so I want to keep them looking nice!

  28. Patrick says:

    Very interesting.  I was looking for a good eco friendly DIY solution to suggest to my customers rather than always recommending BONA floor cleaner.  Of course I will try today to see if it works on my floors. Thanks for the info.Also, what about adding TeaTree oil as it kills and cleans mold??  

  29. Tania says:

    In order for Tea Tree oil to be effective as an antibacterial… it would need to be used in very high concentrations… so it wouldn’t really serve any purpose to add it into this formula.

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